Maine one of three states nationally recognized for use of health information technology

Posted Dec. 17, 2012, at 11:10 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 17, 2012, at 4:43 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine has received a national award for its use of health information technology.

One of only three states to be awarded, Maine received the Meaningful Use Acceleration Award from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, at its annual meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

The award recognized HealthInfoNet, Maine’s Health Information Exchange and Regional Extension Center, and the Bangor Beacon Community for their efforts to expand the effective use of electronic health records, health information exchange and other technology tools to improve patient care and health outcomes in the state.

On hand to accept the award were Shaun Alfreds, HealthInfoNet chief operating officer; Catherine J. Bruno, vice president and chief information office at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and executive sponsor for the Bangor Beacon Community; and Dawn Gallagher representing the Office of the State Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Maine.

“HealthInfoNet, as the Maine Regional Extension Center is not only helping providers reach meaningful use, but connecting them with the statewide Health Information Exchange, one of the oldest and most advanced statewide efforts in the nation,” Bruno said, speaking on behalf of the group. “Together, we are changing the way health care services are delivered, the way patient information is being shared, and the way we work together to care for our community. Consensus, transparency, empowerment, and inclusion were the key components to making this all work.”

Following Bruno’s speech, a brief video played that showed how HealthInfoNet and the Bangor Beacon Community have worked together to improve patient care in Maine.

Maine’s providers were also lauded at the meeting for leading the nation in achievement of federal meaningful use rules. The Office of the National Coordinator reported that 42 percent of all eligible providers in Maine had met meaningful use stage one rules — the highest percentage in the country.

For more information about the Bangor Beacon Community, visit bangorbeaconcommunity.org.

For more information about HealthInfoNet, visit hinfonet.org.

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